• 22
      Apr
      Calling all Creatives: WICKED 2017
      The Empire Theatre is calling for Expressions of Interest from established professionals for the positions of Director, Choreographer, Musical Director and Designer for the 2017 production of Wicked.  Initial works to commence upon appointment.  Musical rehearsals commence January 2017 for a season in March/April. For more information and to apply, email employment@empiretheatre.com.au.   Appl...
    • 15
      Apr
      Legally Blonde The Musical Premieres Tonight
      The Empire Theatre will be lit up in pink tonight as the curtain is raised on the 2016 major production, Legally Blonde The Musical.  Proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Legally Blonde The Musical runs for just six shows, opening tonight and playing until Sunday April 24. Leading lady, Elesha Hetherington plays loveable blonde sorority president Elle Woods, whose world is turned upside down when ...
    • 20
      Feb
      QTC Bring Classic Play Direct from Brisbane Season
      Following the debut season in Brisbane, Queensland Theatre Company brings their latest drama directly to the Empire Theatre stage on February 25. Quartet stars four of Australia’s best known actors from stage and screen, including the much loved Andrew MacFarlane (Glitch, A Place to Call Home, Love Child, Water Rats) , as well as fellow award winning actors Christine Amor, Trevor Stuart and Toowoo...
    • 20
      Feb
      Orange is the New Black Author to speak during Empire event
      Toowoomba audiences will have unique access to one of the Sydney Opera House’s flagship festivals, All About Women, when the event streams live to the Empire Theatre on March 6. Beginning with the panel What needs to change?, a remarkable group of prominent women discuss what they would do if they had the power to make things change overnight. Featuring Russian and American journalist Masha Gessen...
    • 12
      Feb
      Open Call for Dogs to Take the Lead in Legally Blonde
      The Empire Theatre will open their doors to four- legged furry talents on February 21 at 11am for two roles in the upcoming major production, Legally Blonde The Musical. Empire Theatres Production Manager, Timothy Panitz said dogs auditioning for the roles of Bruiser and Rufus will be asked to demonstrate the ability to follow commands, cope with large groups of people, loud noises and backstage...
    • 02
      Feb
      February Film Feast
        Film buffs from across the Darling Downs will gather on the Empire Church Lawn from February 20-21 for the Empire Theatres third outdoor film festival. Presented by Colin Mackay The Good Guys, February Film Feast is a chance to kick back under the stars for a weekend of feature and short films, live entertainment, children’s workshops and food stalls. The February Film Feast kicks off Saturday 2...
    • 14
      Jan
      Divine Miss Bette Performs Night of Cabaret
        Empire Theatre audiences will be treated to a divine experience on February 12 with the first cabaret performance of year paying tribute to the great Bette Midler. The Divine Miss Bette stars talented and charismatic performer Catherine Alcorn who channels the people’s diva in a one of kind performance in the Armitage Centre. After several sell-out seasons in Australia, The Divine Miss Bette is...
    • 30
      Nov
      Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary - Apply now to receive up to $20,000
      APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for 2016 The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary. This biennial bursary is worth up to $20,000 and has been made possible through the generosity of the late Brian Boak, a staunch supporter of the performing arts on the Darling Downs. The Brian Boak Bursary is designed to provide support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a...
    • 26
      Nov
      Empire Theatres Launch 2016 Season
      A huge year of diverse and exciting entertainment for local audiences has been unveiled with the launch of the Empire Theatres 2016 Season. Headlining the 2016 Season is the Empire Theatres major in-house production of the high energy song and dance spectacular, Legally Blonde the Musical. Empire Theatres General Manager, Kerry Saul said Legally Blonde the Musical, proudly supported by Heritage...
    • 19
      Oct
      Legally Blonde The Musical Auditions
      Auditions for Legally Blonde are ongoing with opportunities for on-stage cast (particularly male roles) still available. An open call for interested parties will be held this Sunday from 10am-1pm with NO APPLICATION necessary. Come along and try your luck with your favourite song!For any enquires or to complete an application, visit our Auditions page, call Claire Bourke on 0416 048 636 or conta...
    • 22
      Sep
      Bangarra Dance Theatre Perform Kinship at Empire Theatre
      The acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre brings their deeply moving and powerful program Kinship to the Empire Theatre for one night only on October 17. Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page says the regional tour for Kinship had been well received with audiences very enthusiastic about the show. “This is a special time of year for us as we love going on the road and performing in regional art...
    • 11
      Sep
      Queensland Pops Orchestra Brings the Best of Celtic Music
      Queensland Pops Orchestra’s magnificent concert spectacular, A Celtic Gathering will combine music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations in one show on October 11. Lead by new Musical Director Patrick Pickett and special guest artists, Gregory Moore and soprano Lisa Lockland-Bell, the show features the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, The Thistle Highland Dancers and W...
    • 08
      Sep
      RocKwiz cast visit Empire Theatre
      The hosts of RocKwiz dropped in to the Empire Theatre on Tuesday to promote RocKwiz Live Salutes the ARIA Hall of Fame  Queen of the Quiz, Julia Zemiro and Rock Brain, Brian Nankervis were in Toowoomba ahead of their October 25 live performance.  The show will features some Australian music legends performing thier hites, alongside the best and brightest contemporary artsits interpreting genuine...
    • 01
      Sep
      A tribute to Judy and Liza at the Armitage Centre
      Legendary mother and daughter duo, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli will come to life once again at the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre on October 7. Talented singer and story-teller Martine Pavey presents Judy and Liza, a musical tribute to two unforgettable, glittering and beloved entertainers of the last century, who just happened to be mother and daughter. From the halls of MGM to the stage a...
    • 25
      Aug
      Circa bring Hopscotch to Empire Theatre
      Award winning circus company Circa bring their fast and energetic show to the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre on September 21. Combining vigorous tumbling, cheeky gameplay and sublime aerial work, Circa’s Hopscotch explores tender and playful relationships through contemporary circus, taking the audiences on a surreal journey of jaw-dropping acrobatics. Intricate and lyrical, this daring new cre...
    • 18
      Aug
      USQ Graduate presents hilarious original cabaret
      A former University of Southern Queensland student will delve into the ‘trauma’ of first world problems in a hilarious original cabaret performed in the Empire Church Theatre on September 5. Created by USQ graduate, Judy Hainsworth, #FirstWorldWhiteGirls is a funny and self-indulgent exploration of first world problems, complete with catchy songs, audience sing-alongs and on-stage cat fights. Fea...
    • 11
      Aug
      Choral Society Bring Evita to Empire Theatre
      The Toowoomba Choral Society will take their audience on a journey to Argentina as they bring the life story of Eva Peron to the Empire stage. Starring Toowoomba performer and singing teacher Jess Berwick as Eva Peron, Evita is the rags to riches story of Argentina’s first lady from her life as a fatherless child to actress to a woman of power and acclaim.   Evita also stars Toowoomba Choral So...
    • 04
      Aug
      Cowgirl and Showgirl pair up for unique show
      Renowned country music singer Beccy Cole has teamed up with acclaimed cabaret and jazz performer Libby O’Donovan for the unique show, The Cowgirl and The Showgirl at the Empire Theatre on September 11. The Cowgirl and The Showgirl combines the talents of Beccy and Libby creating a fusion of two sassy, funny, engaging and explosive entertainers. From the energetic humour and honesty of Beccy Cole t...
    • 28
      Jul
      Bell Shakespeare Brings Timeless Tragedy to Empire Stage
       Renowned theatre company, Bell Shakespeare, returns to the Empire Theatre on September 2 after more than a decade, presenting stage favourite and popular tragedy, Hamlet.  Acclaimed director Damien Ryan delivers this production of Hamlet off the back of his award winning production of Henry V in 2014.  Hamlet is a detailed family portrait in the political landscape of a ‘rotten’ Denmark, a countr...
    • 21
      Jul
      Drama Workshops Return for Term Three
      After the success of Semester One, Empire Youth Arts drama workshops are back again for Term Three. Classes begin on Wednesday, July 22 with four levels available to students, including Drama Starter for ages 7-9, Drama One for ages 10-12, Drama Two for ages 13-15 & Drama Plus for those 16 and above. Empire Youth Arts Facilitator Ari Palani said the addition of the Drama Starter option for...